Black Elk – Also, as I lay there…

Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again…


“Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me.”
-Black Elk

Black Elk – The boys of my people…

The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and…


“The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us we just learned by doing what we saw, and we were warriors at a time when boys now are like girls.”
-Black Elk

Black Elk – Now suddenly there was nothing…

Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there…


“Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us and it was very still but there were whispers.”
-Black Elk

Black Elk – I think I have told…

I think I have told you, but if I have not, you must have understood…


“I think I have told you, but if I have not, you must have understood, that a man who has a vision is not able to use the power of it until after he has performed the vision on earth for the people to see.”
-Black Elk

Black Elk – I know now what this…

I know now what this meant, that the bison were the gift of a good…


“I know now what this meant, that the bison were the gift of a good spirit and were our strength, but we should lose them, and from the same good spirit we must find another strength.”
-Black Elk